Synology and iTunes

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What a response to my last Synology post!  Thanks very much to everyone who commented and provided feedback, and for those of you that used the links to purchase some of the same gear, thank you as well for supporting DatacenterDude.com!

As requested over and over, here’s a walkthrough video detailing my iTunes setup, file management, and metadata configuration, as well as a lot of other tips involved along the way related to migrating iTunes to the Synology, converting to MP4/M4V, and tagging with all of the proper metadata.

Be sure to watch in Full Screen and in 1080p HD for the best quality!

 

Here’s a screenshot of THE WIZARD on the Apple TV after being added to iTunes, being served from the Synology…

The Wizard on Apple TV

Next up, I’m hoping to give you a detailed walkthrough of the LAGG/LACP configuration of the Synology 1813+ and the Cisco SG300.

Let me know in the comments if I missed anything, or what else you all would like to see!

Enjoy!

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[…] UPDATE 2: After all of the feedback and requests, here is a detailed walkthrough of my iTunes configuration, workflow, and metadata management. […]

satcomer
satcomer
03/05/2014 11:41

How does it run now on the AppleTV?

Nasemann
Nasemann
03/17/2014 09:10

Instead of dragging the movie to iTunes you could move the file to the “Automatically add to iTunes” folder. In that way you save time by only moving the file instead of copying it…

chad
chad
04/25/2014 05:30

Can the Synology iTunes Server app replace the function of you mac mini running iTunes?

chad
chad
04/25/2014 06:18
Reply to  chad

oops…I see you mentioned that won’t work.

Brian
Brian
05/17/2014 21:00

I have better performance when I keep my iTunes library file the synology cloud station and have iTunes keep my media files on the NAS. With this configuration the library file is being updated on the local machine and then syncs with the Synology (and the other machines on the network).

that1guynick
06/28/2014 14:26
Reply to  Brian

Thats a really good idea. I’ll have to try that! Thanks!

Jeff
Jeff
07/15/2014 23:34

Can I still utilize iTunes Match if I so desire using this Synology/iTunes set up on my DS213air?

Paulinho Chin
Paulinho Chin
07/26/2014 03:39

iTunes keeps telling me the itl file is locked, on a local disk or I do not have write permission for this file.. Does this have to do with that I see the Synology in the network list in Finder, not in devices like in your video? Thanks, keep up the good work!

Mike
Mike
08/13/2014 18:22

Any chance you will post the 1813+ and LAGG write up?

that1guynick
08/20/2014 14:27
Reply to  Mike
JS
JS
09/20/2014 22:38

Nick, Brian – can you elaborate on the Synology Cloud Station set up?

Anthony
Anthony
10/05/2014 11:58

I understand that you are using the Mac Mini to run the iTunes. Are you using shared library for it to work? Is there a way to do away with that and let Synology do all the work. Because it is not practical to have 2 systems running 24/7 to perform a task; to play anything on the apple tv from the iTunes library on demand. Thanks for the video!

Anthony
Anthony
10/06/2014 08:26
Reply to  Anthony

Hey Nick, ignore my question earlier. after some digging online, i realised that it is not possible to have iTunes running on the Synology. So the next question i have is since the iTunes is run from the Mac Mini, does it mean that if you need to sync your iDevices you will have to plug them into the Mac Mini? Because i have tried to open iTunes on different MacBooks at the same time, but the second one would not open because the library is now locked since the first one is already using it. Is there a way… Read more »

Michael Fanous
Michael Fanous
10/21/2014 11:59

Trying to replicate your setup, it might make my life easier. I have Synology DS1513+ (5 Bays), my current setup which is probably wrong, a folder called “music”, a folder called “video”, and those are the folders that used to be within iTunes Media folder (bad idea). So starting from scratch…Do I need a mac mini running 24/7 to communicate with the Syn? Or can it be any laptop? I have 2 laptops (MPB and Dell), and my spouse has her MPB….now comes the discussion of syncing your iDevices back to iTunes (purchased apps, music, etc)…Best advice?

shippie
shippie
02/08/2015 17:43

I ran this exact same setup for about a year then gave up because I had to restart my mac mini every time I updated the SW version on the synology or had a network hiccup.

How have you over come that?

bob felicci
bob felicci
03/25/2015 21:46

Nick, there are 2 folders in my itunes. One “movies” and one “Home Movies”. If i do a quick test like you did with a personal movie, it stores it in the home movie folder not in the “movies” folder. Can you do a tutorial on using the iphone, ipad to connect to the NAS remotely? that would be helpful. thanks

KeithCollyer
KeithCollyer
09/20/2015 15:16

I’ve seen lots of discussion about moving the iTunes media to Synology, which is how I ended up here, but I’ve not seen anyone yet explain why it is worth using the iTunes server rather than just shifting the library as files and pointing the iTunes client at the new library location. What advantages do you get?

Eagle
Eagle
12/06/2016 07:25

How are you accessing the files in the Synology? It looks like you are using an AFP share. I have a DS415+ and I’m doing something similar to you, but I am accessing the files via an NFS automount. I never found a way to automatically mount an AFP mount, which is why I went the NFS automount route. Also, do you use Video Station or Audio Station on the Synology? I wanted a way to use my media files by both iTunes and the Video/Audio Station apps. The solution I came up with was to disable iTunes’s automatic management… Read more »

Fred
Fred
04/29/2020 07:10

Could you create a youtube video explaining how one would covert your iTunes/Synology setup in your posted video to a Synology / Mac OSX Catalina Music set up? TIA

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